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November 12, 2012

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UNADILLA — In a cost-cutting measure, the Unadilla village board has decided to eliminate the village justice position unless residents petition to put the issue to a vote in March elections.

The board voted last week to abolish the position at the end of the current term on the grounds that there are not enough court cases to warrant a separate justice since the village no longer has a police force, said Mayor Robert Conley Sr.

The measure would save the village the justice’s $2,000 annual salary.

“I really don’t know very much about it,” said village and town justice Donald Laraway. Village officials have not spoken to him directly on the matter, he said. But if that is what the residents want, Laraway said he would go along with it.

Laraway has been town justice for 18 years and took over as village justice when the former justice retired several years ago. As town justice he will still have jurisdiction over the village and will be handling many of the village cases.

“The work that I was doing as village justice, I’ll be doing as town justice,” said Laraway. “As far as I’m concerned, there’ll be no less work because I’m not village justice.” However, Laraway will be taking a pay-cut by losing the second position.

Laraway said there are fewer village cases because the state police do not cover the village 24 hours as the village police did before being eliminated about eight years ago.

There are also fewer traffic cases because more cars take I-88 which does not pass through the village.

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